Hanson also made the first quantitative measures of the exchange of elemental mercury vapor
with plant foliage.
Approximately 80% of elemental mercury vapor
is absorbed by the human body through inhalation, in contrast with ingestion or dermal exposure to elemental mercury, which rarely results in toxicity [International Program on Chemical Safety (IPCS) 1991].
Breast milk is also a potential source of exposure to inorganic mercury, whether the initial source of the mercury is maternal exposure to elemental mercury vapor
or methylmercury-contaminated fish (Bjornberg, Vahter, Berglund, Niklasson, Blennow, & Sandborgh-Englund, 2005; Oskarsson, Schutz, Skerfving, Hallen, Ohlin, & Lagerkvist, 1996).
High concentrations of elemental mercury vapor
or long-term exposure to mercury vapor can have severe effects on the respiratory and central nervous systems.
Editorial Note: Most poisonings associated with exposure to elemental mercury occur in occupational settings, and reports of nonoccupational elemental mercury vapor
poisonings are rare, especially in community-based settings (1)(2).
Most human mercury exposure occurs through inhalation of elemental mercury vapor
released from dental amalgam and through the consumption of fish contaminated with methylmercury (Berlin et al.
Extensive distribution of mercury throughout the brain has been observed following exposure of mice to elemental mercury vapor
In the processing of used fluorescent lamps, elemental mercury vapor
may potentially be released at levels that may exceed occupational exposure standards (U.
In this study, we evaluated the impact of long-term occupational exposure to elemental mercury vapor
3] for elemental mercury vapor
in residential quarters (ATSDR 1999; U.
Elemental mercury vapor
accounts for most of those reported cases (Agocs et al.
Currently, the Respiratory Toxicology Group is exploring the health effects of inhaling elemental mercury vapor